If you want to listen to something that is new and different, like nothing you’ve ever listened to. Then Rihanna’s new album Anti might be for you.
It’s different from most albums because she sings a lot of it in her slang language. Leaving the listener with a better understanding of the culture of her home-land, Barbados.
People who regularly use that slang may appreciate it.
It can also leave the listener emotional from all the classical slow songs that is in the album.
This album is one of my favorite albums’ of all time, because it’s so diverse.
Rihanna released this 8th album, Anti, on Wednesday, January 27. It hit no.1 on the billboard 200 chart in the week ending Feb. 4, according to Nielsen Music.
This feel-good album has a total of 13 songs. Each having different styles of music from reggae, classical, and even rock.
She tries to incorporate some of the slang of Barbados especially in her famous song, “Work, “she basically sings the whole song in Bajan Slang featuring Drake.
Drake is a very popular Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter and actor who has also worked with Rihanna in other another song called, “What’s My Name?”
The cover of her album is a picture of little girl with a crown covering her eyes while holding a balloon, this was done by Israeli artist Roy Nachum.
“The picture represents a metaphor for how our view of the world is often obscured by our ambitions and desires and the balloon embodies the possibility of escape and signifies the human need to transcend physical reality,” Nachum said in an InStyle Magazine interview October 22, 2015 by Claire Stern.
This whole album seems to be talking about various things. But the main focus is her past relationships.
I would recommend this album for 15-year olds and up. Although it has a lot of fun, playful songs, it’s for the mature audience.
SZA, an American singer-songwriter, is featured on the first track “consideration “in this album with Rihanna.
According to Anna Swartz from music.mic.com, the meaning of this song is that, “The song also speaks to the darker side of fame, addressing a nonspecific “you” that could be an individual, but may also be a stand-in for a demanding audience”.
And in the lyric, “When I look outside my window/ I can’t get no peace of mind,” is both about general malaise and, perhaps, about life with an endless crew of paparazzi following you around.”
My personal two favorite songs are her last two tracks called, “Higher” and “Close to you” because both of them have piano in it.
I like, “Higher” the most because it just seems like Rihanna was so care-free with this song. She just spoke from her heart and it was almost as if she was talking to the person, not singing a song.
In both of the tracks, you can hear the emotion in her voice. She was singing about someone who used to be in her life and about how she misses and appreciates them.
Overall, this album will leave the listener with all sorts of emotions. You can go from dancing to crying. It all depends on how deeply you can relate to what she’s saying.
Maybe you have someone you miss: a friend, a relative etc. Whoever it is, this album will have you missing them